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The Best Christmas Gift Baskets Are Actually Boxes

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The Best Christmas Gift Baskets Are Actually Boxes

For those who haven’t plugged “best Christmas gift baskets” into their browser’s search bar lately, allow us to give you a rundown on the pickings: they’re slim. Save for cured meat, pasteurized cheese, and milk chocolate pretzel-heavy assortments, finding present-worthy bundles outside of the edible realm is no easy feat.

So here’s the gist. The best gift baskets are actually boxes. As in no, they don’t come in a wicker vessel or arrive doused in cellophane, but dressed up in a proper package or easy to wrap yourself. In our top picks, you’ll find surprising gifts like mole-making ingredients and full-blown gardening kits to luxury skincare regimens or quirky cotton sock sets. Read on to shop our selection.

A “Sassy Pink” limited-edition Doña Rosa Tortilla Press is among our favorites in this bold, culturally-rich gift box created to commemorate Rick Martínez’s Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mēxico. For the bundle, the New York Times best-selling author contributed a signed copy of his cookbook to accompany two bags of Heirloom Masa Harina (in both white and blue) and the press, plus a “Make Mole Amarillo with Rick” live Zoom class, slated for January 19, 2023.

Diaspora Co. teamed up with the pasta geniuses at Sfoglini to bring us this stacked holiday gift box. The wow-worthy contents include two boxes of Sfoglini Turmeric Reginetti, a “Home is Where the Pasta is” dish towel, and jars of Nandini Coriander, Aranya Black Pepper, and Sirārakhong Hāthei Chilli. Oh, two recipes from the Sfoglini Chefs to help your giftee whip it all up is in there, too.

For your favorite gardener: a best-selling gift box filled with everything they’ll need to cultivate their own herb or microgreen garden—plus a few extra bells and whistles. Bonus treats include Bella Cucina’s artichoke Lemon Pesto sauce (one of Oprah’s favorites), butterfly-shaped Sugarfina gummies, organic hand soap, and a tomato-scented candle with a box that your giftee can plant and grow into a real-life tomato plant.

For anyone who isn’t already sold on the magically delectable combo of champagne and chocolate, Bite Society’s luxe gift box is here to welcome you into the fold. Choose from R. Dumont Brut, Thierry Triolet Rose But, or the alcohol-free Pierre Zéro to complement two fine chocolate bars.

This colorful collection of Compartés luxury chocolate will dazzle the most selective sweet tooth in your inner circle. The enviable lineup features a 20-piece gift box of chocolate truffles, two chocolate bars, and a smaller gift box stuffed with chocolate-covered confections.

This spirited selection is suitable for those who energetically cleanse their space and imbibe—in no particular order. Included in the hand-stamped wooden box: a couple of copitas; a flask of Madre Ensamble; a ceramic incense holder; three copal incense sticks; a ritual guide to help bring a ceremonial feel to sipping on some artisanal mezcal.

Now here’s a gift box fit for a host. The contents includes a reusable bottle of extra-virgin avocado oil, a jar of pistachio dukkah, a compostable package of the brand’s much-loved Togarashi Crunch, and an accompanying recipe for whipping these vegan pantry staples into something delicious.

Expect nothing but the best packaging from Claus Porto. As is the case with this hand-wrapped assortment of beauty and bath goodies, “Favorito.” Gift recipients are in for a trio of patchouli and red poppy-scented moisturizing hand cream along with a soap bar and porcelain dish.

A boba craving waits for no one. So, there are obvious perks to having this milk tea powder kit on standby. It will quell eager taste buds by brewing iced, blended, and hot drinks with the included goodies. Contents include: a 10-ounce matcha green milk tea powder; 6 ounces of uncooked boba; 2 ounces of brown sugar; and a reusable straw; a recipe and instructions to help hone their boba skills.

A quirky take on the food-centric Christmas gift basket. This spicy gift box comes stuffed with four pairs of cotton socks with quirky food prints in a ’90s-appropriate color palette.

Gift a celebratory mood with this dazzling Teak & Twine gift box. Enclosed is a bottle of N/A sparkling white tea by TÖST; two stemless copper champagne flutes; Eatable popcorn; and Champagne bears by Sugarfina—all thoughtfully packaged together in a signature keepsake box.

You could call this the survival kit of snacking. It’s absolutely packed with an assorted selection of quality nibbles: Triple Ginger Cookies; Gilded Nut Snack Co.’s Sea Salt + Pepper Pistachios; Carolina Dirt BBQ Kettle Chips from Lillie’s Q; artisanal hard and chewy candies; organic gummy bears; white cheddar popcorn; pretzels; shortbread cookies; more.

If booking a spa appointment for them isn’t an option, spring for a collection of trial-size products from Susanne Kaufmann. Her signature bath salts, cleanser, moisturizing mask, exfoliator, and body butter will effortlessly create a personalized zen zone at home.

Soft Services Superior Shave Set

Known by reviewers as the “Holy Trinity” kit for smooth body skin. The fragrance-free set includes two buffing bars to treat ingrown hairs; a cleansing formula to form a protective barrier during shaving; and a calming aftershave that curbs keratin build-up and associated breakouts.

This collection of culinary staples from Brightland will give them a taste of better vinaigrettes and crispy sears. Among the offerings are Awake, a cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil; Alive, a “smooth and grassy” version of the former; Parasol, a raw Champagne vinegar; and Rapture, a double-fermented Balsamic vinegar.

As fans of Grown Alchemist’s beauty products, we consider this limited-edition 4-piece number from the brand as royalty among holiday gift sets. It’s a set geared towards the nightly skincare-or-bust crowd; offering a full-sized facial cleanser, cream cleanser, regenerating night cream, and age-repair eye cream.

We want to meet the coffee enthusiast who resists the urge to keep this Chamberlain Coffee gift box to themselves. The 5-star reviewers declare the brand’s cold brew the best; “I was blown away with the quality of the coffee, straws, and mason jar. This is a must-buy.”

Here’s a gift box that feels properly Christmasy without being overly cheesy. Goodly’s festive assortment spans evergreen-scented Paddywax, peppermint chocolate s’mores, mint-cacao-infused cocktail syrup, a tapered glass mug, and a pair of holiday Hot Sox.

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